13 Dec 2006

Fiji military warns against any move to set up a rival government

11:21 am on 13 December 2006

Fiji's military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has warned supporters of the ousted Prime Minister not to back what he says are attempts to set up a de facto government in the West.

But Laisenia Qarase denies he is setting up an administration to oppose the military regime:

From Suva, RNZI's Philippa Tolley has more

"The military commander, Frank Bainimarama, told a news conference that despite his efforts to move the country forward, Mr Qarase and some of his advisors were still opposing the new regime. But he warned the military would not tolerate any effort to set up an alternative administration and said any backers of such plans could put themselves, as he put it, in harms way. Mr Qarase has denied the claims and countered by describing the country as sliding into a dictatorship. Mr Qarase is still at his home in the Lau island group"

to the east, but says he plans to return to Suva this week to have talks with the military commander and the Great Council of Chiefs, despite threats by the

military to arrest him on his arrival.